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The evilution of a Stauf toy

Posted by Rob Landeros (Creator)
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When we first saw Oskar van Deventer's gear maze puzzle, we immediately thought it should be made into a virtual toy for the iPad. That was our original plan. Later, when we decided it was finally time for us to tackle the challenge of making a third game in the 7th Guest series, we decided to skip the app idea and develop it as a Stauf toy for The 7th Guest 3.

Oskar will be contributing more ingenious puzzles to T7G3.

Here is a visual journal of the steps we went through to develop the Gear Maze puzzle.

It starts with a simple schematic of a not-so-simple maze.
It starts with a simple schematic of a not-so-simple maze.
Each disc is divided into 23 segments and paths are created in Illustrator.
Each disc is divided into 23 segments and paths are created in Illustrator.
We originally planned to adapt the gear maze puzzle as a standalone iPad app with a variety of skins and increasingly challenging configurations of rotating discs. The 3x3 configuration with nine discs is guaranteed to have you going in circles.
We originally planned to adapt the gear maze puzzle as a standalone iPad app with a variety of skins and increasingly challenging configurations of rotating discs. The 3x3 configuration with nine discs is guaranteed to have you going in circles.
Here is the design of the device, as Henry Stauf drew it up in his notebook.
Here is the design of the device, as Henry Stauf drew it up in his notebook.
As it appears in the game, magically emerging from the notebook.
As it appears in the game, magically emerging from the notebook.
Coming full circle, so to speak, this is the actual physical device available at the Building Inspector level.
Coming full circle, so to speak, this is the actual physical device available at the Building Inspector level.

We have added an Updates section to the main page, where we have summarized and linked to the more significant updates in case you may have missed them.

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    1. Rob Landeros 2-time creator on

      >Oskar van Deventer will be contributing to T7G3?

      I know nobody reads Kickstarter pages, but there is a section that introduces the core creative team of T7G3.

    2. Rob Landeros 2-time creator on

      Yes, we plan to offer the 1x1, 2x2 and 3x3 configurations. The simpler one would be more like a smaller child's version, made from less expensive materials of the day, i.e., wood. The 2x2 is the intermediate toy, crafted from finer materials, hardwood, brass and steel. The 3x3 gearmaze device will be an elaborate steampunk device. A 4x4 version? Hmmm. I'll have to talk to Oskar about that.

    3. Jan Schneider on

      Oskar van Deventer will be contributing to T7G3? That's amazing news, he is a genius!

    4. Shaun College on

      "Feeling..looooonllley?"

    5. Darkjedi on

      This is exactly the type of game I'd like to see in t7gtc. Can't wait to play it!

    6. Sir Jordi
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      changelling!

    7. Kizzycocoa on

      Forgot to comment here! yeah, the difference was pretty easy to spot! I won't post what it is though, as that'd ruin it for people here.

    8. Criswell The Tiny Epic Weatherman on

      Can I spot the difference? That was easy. Solving the maze is a totally different matter.

    9. William C Crawford on

      I love it! Both the puzzle and the update telling us about the creation of it. Please share more like this over the course of the game's development, especially if you can do so without revealing the final version of the puzzle or its solution!

    10. Kizzycocoa on

      Nice! will we still see the 3x3 gear maze in the game? Perhaps a section of Challenges, wherein the games are made harder?

      I'd love to have a go at it myself! maybe even a 4x4 gear maze?